Posts Tagged ‘family life’

1. At home, baby is learning to pull himself up to standing, but takes a tumble. As he cries, Toddler races over. “Don’t worry, Baby”, he says. “I’ll give you a cuddle.”

2. Baby naps for two hours in the morning. Toddler and I have lots of quality time, getting dressed at his pace, doing his beloved jigsaws, playing with toys and baking chocolate cupcakes.

3. Very early morning. About 4.30, in fact. The baby is awake and refusing to go back to sleep. I give in and play with him. We cuddle and I squash my face against his cheek and he laughs lots. Eventually he does go back to sleep.

4. Toddler gets up early today. He has boundless enthusiasm, constantly talking to me about what is happening, what he would like and what we might be doing next. He keeps going and going, through toddler group, lunchtime and a walk into the village. As we’re walking along the street, he points to a drainpipe.

“That’s a drainpipe, Mummy, spiders fall down them, like Incy Wincy Spider, like my Incy Wincy Spider jigsaw at Granny’s, like my Humpty Dumpty jigsaw.”

I love that he can tell me what he’s thinking; the connections his mind makes, and the things he’s been doing when I’m not there.

5. My kids are getting better and better at playing with each other. Getting ready for the bath, Toddler ‘chases’ Baby, both of them crawling along the floor and laughing uproariously.

6. My Mum comes round in the morning to collect Toddler. He’s staying with her overnight. She sneaks me £50 in cash, to spend on shoes for Toddler and maybe a treat for me. The best bit? It’s the money she’s saved by not smoking for the past four weeks.

7. At Nana and Granddad’s house. Baby and I look at our reflections in their shiny silver kettle and he waves at himself, grinning and gurgling.

These Seven Beautiful Things are taken from my Three Beautiful Things posterous blog, where I post three beautiful things every day.


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As I looked through my snapshots of 2010, there was a character who kept cropping up. He’d accompanied us through lots of our year, there for big moments and small.

My firstborn was no longer my little baby, and he moved to a big boy bed.

In April, a new arrival came to join him (although they don’t often share a bed!).

We’ve been out and about a lot around Durham over the summer. Here we are at the University’s Botanic Gardens – if you look closely you’ll see Buzz sitting next to the little one.

And here he is fooling around up a tree.

Exciting times… the toddler turned 2!

The baby slowly got bigger…

And the toddler’s play got more creative.

We’ve had some episodes of sickness that have been tough all round, but nothing a bit of rest and relaxation couldn’t fix.

The boys have almost started to play together as they’ve got bigger; this one isn’t strictly a Buzz shot, but here they are in the Toy Story tent.

And after all that, I’m ready for a rest!

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